Skip to comments.Let the campaign for 2012 begin
Posted on 11/09/2008 12:35:24 PM PST by TaxPayer2000
WASHINGTON (AP) Let the 2012 presidential race begin or at least the speculation about it.
From their travel schedules to their public comments, several Republicans seem to be testing the waters for potential White House runs. At least two are on tap for visits this month to Iowa, which traditionally opens the nominating season with its presidential caucuses.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, considered a rising star in the GOP and thought to be on John McCain's short list of potential running mates, is slated to deliver the keynote address on Nov. 22 to the Iowa Family Policy Center, a prominent Christian conservative group.
And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses this year in his failed bid for the GOP nomination, is scheduled to visit the state on Nov. 20 as part of a nationwide book tour promoting his campaign memoir, "Do the Right Thing."
Sarah Palin, who became McCain's running mate, has signaled that she will remain on the national political scene. The Alaska governor says: "I'm not doing this for naught." And former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who also failed to win the nomination this year, has restarted his political action committee.
(Excerpt) Read more at ap.google.com ...
The GOP has got to find a way to sell Californians on conservatism — otherwise......
Would a “stupid, dim witted” woman even be able to use the word ‘naught’ correctly?
What? California already has a "republican" governor
We also have to fix the broken primary process-—how can we ensure that ONLY repubs vote in the primaries this time?? that is how we got McLame in the first place...if we even think about running someone like Sarah and haven’t remedied that situation, we can forget it...
You can forget about Jindal now too. Between now and 2012, the MSM will do everything in their power to discredit him.
Romney recently bought at house in La Jolla, CALIFORNIA ;-)
Let the games begin!
Again, I always say what is said and how a person reacts to Sarah Palin says WELL MORE about them, than her.
Good point. With Obama, we're almost sure to have a reverse "Operation Chaos" process.
The candidates that want the nomination will start working for it... let's wish them all luck at finding a strategy to win.
If we approve of it, of course.
No to Huckabee. He’s a vindictive a hole.
He more than anyone gave us McDole due to his hate for Romney.
What need to happen before any of these doofusses are allowed to run is that we, conservative, lay out and identify conservative values. Then we see if any of these wannabees meet and agree with those values.
If they do, then they get our support. If they don't, then we don't support them.
Furthermore, if we help them get elected and they don't toe the mark, then we get them unelected.
Finally, it doesn't matter which party they belong, but if they believe in and take conservative values to congress. And most of all, they do not fall into the corruption trap that all the rest of them belong.
p.s. Go to Charlie Daniels web blog. He says it better than I.
If Obama gets away with not being a US born citizen, does this mean Arnold can run in 2012? (quizzical look)
i was checking out the RNC rules and regs this morning and it gave me a damn headache and confused the hell out of me. We need to do some digging and figure out what the steps are to fix this problem...is it petitioning? writing letters or emails? We’ve got to do something people—first things first...
Yes, the glaring fault this year was that there was no enthusiasm until Governor Palin came on the scene.
Contributions and volounteers need to come out early for an effective ground game. They don't come from non-Republican voters.
That overrides any advantage from letting Dems and Independents vote.
The GOP has got to find a way to sell Californians on conservatism otherwise......
***Break up the state into 3 or 4.
Ok, but why should the GET to vote in our primary??? what is the advantage?? why should they have a say in who is going to represent OUR party??? (i’m not yelling at you...my blood pressure has been a little high over the last week. :)
This is a problem. Zero would dispatch his minions to vote against any strong candidate, especially a woman like Gov. Palin.
No. That’s not how we got McCain. Quite simply, the primary was too divisive between too many candidates, and McCain was the one left standing. By the time the Romney, Huck and Thompson camps were done savaging each other, only McCain was left. IMHO, the bitter infighting between those 3 is what gave McCain the nod.
That said, McCain is a good guy who had nothing but the best interest of the nation in mind. It sickens me to see him called a traiter and worse here on FR. Irony of irony, most of it seems to be coming from supports of his own VP pick these days. Disgusting.
Where do we sign up to help Bobby Jindal?
Well taxes up the wazoo are coming from all sides for California.
That might loosen up the grip here.
Charismatic party leaders are key too.
Boxer is up for re-election 2010.
Well, that's true- but their input can come from reputable polling and be given due consideration by Republican primary voters.
It's actually insulting to assume we wouldn't consider the electibility of the nominee- "elitist" even.
No Romney as Romneycare in Mass is a disaster and during the Michigan primary he made too many big government promises.
No Huckabee as he’s not a conservative.
Palin will have to undertake some massive PR to remake her image.
There, fixed it for you.
Works for me.
How about 2010 for starters?
Priority, IMO, is exposing the illegal campaign contributions used by the Messiah and the voter fraud that stole battleground states. Next, 2010 is the next target. Vote everyone up for re-election OUT! Two years to find conservative candidates and to expose the corruption in DC; name names and provide the proof.
yes, my thoughts exactly, Al.
Ok, so if it’s determined by the state how they hold thier primaries, what can be done to open them only to Repubs and Indies. MsSmith makes a good point about needing indies input, since they will be voting in the general...i’m assuming we have to appeal to the our own states RNC, but how? can the registered repubs in that state make a case to the RNC to change the policy on the primaries???
Would a stupid, dim witted woman even be able to use the word naught correctly?
Well, Jethro Bodine could do it.
I seriously doubt it. I talked to a political reporter in LA this past week, and this reporter gushed over Jindal and his Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell. He said nothing but good things about both, he mentioned the upcoming speech in Iowa and he called Bobby “honest.” This reporter made it clear to me that Bobby is very smart, very articulate and a dedicated conservative who will be a strong contender for the WH in 2012 if chooses to run. I say Go Bobby Go!
It would probably have still been a pathetic primary though. Everything was pathetic this election...
Yeah, and it's pathetic to se McCain savaged too. At least he tried desperately to win.
“Well, Jethro Bodine could do it.”
That’s a good start—but how is it going to get legs...Zero owns the media and ACORN will be given a free pass...plus, look at all these clowns in congress who have a single digit approval rating who just got voted back in?? Jesus!! what is wrong with people!!!???
Under controlling US Supreme Court precedents, the GOP could close its primaries if it wished to do so. There would be political and court fights over doing so, but it could be done by the various state and national party executive committees.
Melas, you’re right, McCain ,i’m sure, had the best interest of the country in mind. obviously he’s a patriot and NOT a traitor...but why hasn’t he come to the defense of Palin? She being attacked from people in her own party and you hear nothing but silence from him...why?
IMO it's not a major problem except that we're dealing with Obama. He'll have a group of bloc voters that will do whatever he says. Just my $.02.
No need to wait until 2012 ...... should be able to get seats in Congress back in 2010. Demos will screw things up so badly, public will be mad.
we must increase if not take back the Senate and the House....
this is where the battle will be won...
we as conservatives may not ever win back the White House.....we don't need too....
we need a 40 yr hold on the House and Senate.....we need more governorships.....we need to control more state legislatures.....
thats where we begin.....
after Clinton was elected with about 55% vote against him, in two years, we took the House and the Senate....
lets do it again....
I don't agree with him and most of what he believes in, but he in all his faults IS far, far better than anything hussein has to offer....
having said all that, he was too "nice" and his own work...McCain Feingold killed his own campaign as well as many other Pubs through out the country..the story of losing some of these House seats and Senate seats is one of 527's giving huge sums of money..
I will support any reasonable Pub candidate, because it defeats the rat.
The RINO’s and the Democrat/Media Complex (DMC) have already destroyed Palin, unfortunately. As you notice, the DMC went into full attack mode on Nov 5th to make sure she was fully destroyed as they saw her as a major threat. All the Obama supporters I talk to considered Palin a major threat - until the DMC finished the job on her over the last week.
Remains to been seen if she can overcome this unjust treatment.
You are ridiculous.
I’ve always thought the Party Platform should precede everything else, more or less as the Constitution precedes everything else.
Platform first, candidates take it or leave it. And those who leave it, leave the Party.
I’m definitely on board to do everything I can to make Governor Bobby Jindal our nominee in 2012 and the 45th President of the United States.
To those boosting Sarah Palin, please ask yourself why? I keep up with politics fairly well and I had barely heard a thing about her before McCain selected her as VP. I like the woman, and by all accounts she has been a successful Governor of AK, but before that selection was made would you have honestly considered her to be a top pick for the VP, much less for POTUS? Let’s be honest and call her selection for what it primarily was....identity politics. Yes folks, she was selected in large part because she was a woman. That is a game that Democrats will beat us at every time. True Bobby Jindal is a non-white Governor, but to those who might consider his ascension within our ranks as ID politics, just watch the man in action. Look at his performance in his state. Look at his stellar handling of the recent hurricanes. Look at his academic credentials. Look at him in interviews! There are no “deer in the headlights” moments to be found. It’s inconceivable that he would ever say something like “I’ll just have to get back to ya” (ugh). Please don’t take it upon yourselves to go on a mission of political suicide in order to vindicate Sarah Palin in 2012. We need to nominate our best and brightest if we want to have a chance in the next election.
Bobby Jindal in 2012!
The RINO powerbrokers in Washington think that we can only win if we reach across the aisle, compromise with liberals, and be “moderate”. Of course, the MSM are in lock step with them, not idealogically but practically. They will go crazy opposing Palin, Huckabee, and Jindal becuse these candidates are too conservative. Unless the Republican party wakes up we will get another candidate in the mould of John McCain. A lot of people will be saying, “I’ll just hold my nose and pull the lever for the lesser of two evils ... but I really don’t like him”.
A good resume beats an attractive campaign poster:
I wonder if anyone will still be texting in 2012.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.